Conjuring up an image of me wearing wellies and rolling around in mud is hardly brand appropriate. After all, when people comment on your ‘Princess dress style’ chances are the only backdrop that they are imagining you in is a castle of some sort. And while I certainly don’t live up to expectations- unless you like princesses that swear a lot and are socially awkward then be my guest haha- and live in a house share as opposed to a castle, I do tend to be a little extra when it comes to ‘dressing up’.
Maybe it’s because I never really got to dress up as a kid or that I found fashion at a relatively late age, but dresses, even at summer music festivals has always been part of my ‘wardrobe protocol’. And while it would be amusing to see me turn up in some convoluted ballgown, while everyone else is getting down and dirty in their Daisy Dukes , its safe to say, I would be far too scared to join in the antics and have a jolly good time. But here’s the thing, I think you know by now that i’m a little more on the overdressed side and whether that be me turning up to dinner in a beautiful midi dress or walking into a newsagent looking like an extra from The Great Gatsby, me and ‘casual’ are not what I would call friends. Even in my own personal love life, I have never been a fan of casual dating, so it should come as no surprise that my wardrobe is seriously lacking in the ‘casual clothing department’.
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So we have already established that me and casual are not friends. If anything we are strangers on the tube, looking each other up and down with disdain. Even when I have moved my sorry ass off the bed and wrangled my way into a super cool festival, chances are i’m still dressed up to the nines. In fact I think the most casual ‘festival’ look I wore was a choker body suit, a 60’s mini skirt and a pair of embroidered boots. Oh and did I forget to mention all the much needed accessories like a floppy hat, sunglasses, matching bag… you get my drift.
Thus naturally when Debenhams got in touch with me to pick dresses from their ‘casual dress’ range to wear to V Festival (headlined by Pink), I was both excited but also flummoxed. I pictured kaftans and ponchos, which made me shudder just thinking about it. Luckily the selection was anything but ‘casual’ and surprisingly there was not an eye sore to be found. From floral tea dresses which transported me back into the 50’s to striped midi dresses that would be perfect for beach resort wear, it seems like Debenhams had got the memo and ordered me a nice slice of what I like to call ‘extra-fied fashion’. Clearly they knew I was coming because there were three dresses just begging me to be chosen. And who can resist the call of glorious dresses, especially when you had extra wardrobes delivered to keep up with your shopping obsession?
But here’s the thing; I realize that the title proclaims that I was ‘learning how to be casual’, but as the dresses below will show, they are anything but casual. So instead of saying ‘learning’ to be casual I probably should have renamed it as ‘Faded Spring’s Failed Attempt At Being Casual’ but that’s not as catchy and besides, who doesn’t love to dress up once in a while? Or you know everyday like me… But as usual I am rambling-shut up Ana- as a bona fide music festival fan, who has been to Glastonbury, Wireless, Download, House Festival, among others, V Festival was one key festival that I hadn’t ticked off my bucket list and as soon as I heard that my girl Anne Marie was performing,among Craig David, Sean Paul and Pink, I knew that I had to accept Debenhams invitation with false modesty.
Oh i’m one of your chosen bloggers? Oh what an absolute pleasure and surprise, I never saw this coming! Actually truth be told I jest but I actually was chosen after someone had dropped out, so thank you to whoever decided to pass up on an amazing opportunity to attend – with VIP tickets can I just add- because you missed out on a cracking music festival. You’re probably wondering whether I’m a little salty about being chosen as their ‘back up choice’- after all noone likes being the side chick- but truthfully it didn’t phase me and I was just happy that they wanted to work with little old me.
The dresses had been chosen and I was all decked out to the nines, looking like I had just escaped from a flower convention. The only question was which of the three dresses would encapsulate the ‘V Festival Spirit’ the most and while the striped tea dress and embroidered mesh bodycon was aesthetically pleasing, it was the Matthew Williamson floral embroidered tropical print dress, paired with a flower crown and matching accessories that won the battle to be chosen. Naturally the dresses were delighted and waited in my wardrobe, like a triplet of over excited school kids. But my stomach was in knots, as someone who has high levels of anxiety, I was worried about going to an all day ‘blogger event’ when I had been to events before and been excluded for no apparent reason.
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From previous posts you know I can’t stand people that are fake, because I’d rather you be straight up and honest about not liking me than pretending to be my friend and then being a totally different person after. So imagine my delight, however when I found that my beautiful fellow veggie gal pal Mal was attending, alongside another blogger pal Hadas, who I had only spoken to online but was looking forward to meeting. And we had a wonderful day; from drinking mini bottles of rose wine, to dancing to Sean Paul’s ‘She Doesn’t mind’, its safe to say that we partied so hard that the beat didn’t even need to drop. Plus, check out my ladies blogs for their fabulous take on casual wear, including Mal’s very own HANDMADE flower crown and chain bag. Damn that gurl is talented! And how cute does Hadas look in her gingham checks? Oh and shout out to the beautiful Luna, who indulged me in my less than flawless dance moves. And what a lovely blogger she was too!
Stay Tuned Next Week For My Review Of The V-Festival Experience…
Are You More Of A Casual Or Dressed Up Type Gal/Boy? What Would You Wear To A Festival ?
Please note I was given gift cards to spend on Casual dresses of my choice alongside VIP V Festival tickets. This does not affect my post and all thoughts are my own.